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Cliff Bordwell Bass Build Thread

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kookamonga, May 25, 2018.


  1. kookamonga

    kookamonga

    Jun 29, 2017
    E55C7EC8-39D0-46C0-8D70-5D58A489D0D2. 5/25/18: I'm starting a build out thread for a Cliff Bordwell custom bass I'm having made. I'd never heard of Bordwell Basses until I saw one up for sale (a rarity) and started researching them. The work looked impeccable, and the designs were simple and elegant. The cost is extremely reasonable and Cliff is great to work with. He is starting my bass now and I'm stoked! Here is a pic of the buckeye burl top wood he selected. It's looking awesome thus far and I will post new pics as Cliff sends them to me. I can't wait to play this thing!! Godspeed to you sir!!
     
  2. Ahh, you're the lucky one. I saw Cliff post this on Facebook this morning. I love a build thread. I'll continue checking on the progress.
     
  3. kookamonga

    kookamonga

    Jun 29, 2017
    Thanks man! I've been waiting since 02/17! Can't wait. Take care!!
     
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  4. kookamonga

    kookamonga

    Jun 29, 2017
    EF74F4A0-C307-49B6-B396-A3230A67429F. 3D148BC7-DCAD-43C5-B748-8B5C181CCB95. Update: 5/31/18

    The tail end of light weight ash. Looking good! Keep those pics coming!! :)
     
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  5. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Cliff is great to work with as well as an amazing craftsman, and watching your custom bass take shape from the vision in your head is a very exciting thing!
     
  6. kookamonga

    kookamonga

    Jun 29, 2017
    Mike, I competely agree with you. As I mentioned, I've never played one of his basses, but from everything I've surmised, he has an excellent intuition for his craft.
     
  7. kookamonga

    kookamonga

    Jun 29, 2017
    2F49CE57-5EA6-44EB-851C-510689600863. 2F49CE57-5EA6-44EB-851C-510689600863. 5/31/18 Initial body profile cut.
     
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  8. kookamonga

    kookamonga

    Jun 29, 2017
    96A80F26-A9E4-4D3B-A51B-A194A32FE42D. 6/26/18

    Full faced top in progress. I love the way the ebony looks against the Buckeye.
     
  9. kookamonga

    kookamonga

    Jun 29, 2017
    C13CA31B-B00E-4F57-BDEE-8D3A75523326. 7/5/18: What, What?!! Look at this sickness coming together! My buddy told me the the wood burl kind of resembles a lion's face, I'll roll with that. The ebony against the buckeye is beautiful. This one isn't even done yet and I'm already plotting out my next Bordwell bass project. :)
     
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  10. kookamonga

    kookamonga

    Jun 29, 2017
    4A6E14E1-48F9-403C-BE7A-04E26A706416. 7/12/18: Cliff just sent this one. The buckeye is showing some flame which is rare for it. I'm going to post the specs today if possible. In the meatime, take a look. :)
     
  11. kookamonga

    kookamonga

    Jun 29, 2017
    This is from a week ago. Ready for shaping. EDB14C4B-0AAD-49EE-9740-44ECD01F1943.
     
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  12. kookamonga

    kookamonga

    Jun 29, 2017
    This just in, it's ready for it's final sanding. Estimated delivery is in 6 weeks. AD6D2FE3-8FE5-4866-B241-C613B34580D4.
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2018
  13. kookamonga

    kookamonga

    Jun 29, 2017
    FD818261-E5D7-4D67-A7CF-560CCC9D2163. 7/31/18 Progress...
     
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  14. Basshappi

    Basshappi

    Feb 12, 2007
    Tucson,AZ
    That is coming along nicely!
    Beautiful wood choice, looking forward to seeing the completed bass.
    Congrats!
     
  15. kookamonga

    kookamonga

    Jun 29, 2017
    Newest pic sent to me from Cliff. The bass is done and ready for shipping on 9/10/18! I can’t wait to play this thing! I’ll post more pics when It comes in. DC096335-D034-4F5D-B216-4D774B498B89.
     
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  16. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Cliff gets much love here, though he's been quiet lately. Hopefully he's too busy building to post. Great, helpful guy too.
     
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  17. TonyRo

    TonyRo Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2017
    Cleveland, OH
    Holy hell that's a nice bass. :woot:drool
     
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  18. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Beautiful!

     
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  19. kookamonga

    kookamonga

    Jun 29, 2017
    9/8/18 A pic of the headstock. 6B4FBBD6-ED69-47DF-A319-74997F8AD3C7. 7
     
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